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Saville Inquiry

Volume 408: debated on Thursday 3 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the costs of the Saville Inquiry as of 30 June, broken down by legal fees paid to individual barristers acting for (a) the Ministry of Defence and (b) families of the victims. [123456]

Up to end June 2003 the cash spend by the Northern Ireland Office on the Bloody Sunday Inquiry was a total of £89.2 million. Out of this amount £7.962 million has been spent on the payment of fees to counsel representing the families or the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association. These figures are set out in the table and include VAT, where that is paid, and in most cases, expenses as well as fees.The fees of Ministry of Defence counsel are a matter for my right hon. friend the Secretary of State for Defence.

PaymentsPeriod covered
made (£)FromTo
Senior counsel representing the families1
Lord Gifford553,062October 1998January 2003
Arthur Harvey767,362July 1998January 2003
Michael Lavery435,024November 2000December 2002
B. J. MacDonald2513,755September 1998September 2002
P. T. MacDonald365,800April 1998June 1999
Michael Mansfield457,261March 1999November 2002
Elish McDermott105,309March 2000June 2001
Seamus Treacy4600,492March 1998December 2002
Eoin McGonigal82,446October 2000June 2002
Senior counsel representing NICRA
Sir Louis Blom-Cooper306,541December 2000October 2002
Junior counsel representing the families5
John Coyle272,473September 1999January 2003
Fiona Doherty193,824October 2000October 2002
Ciaran Harvey349,105December 2000December 2002
Richard Harvey331,733October 2000August 2002
Brian Kennedy546,694July 1999March 2003
Philip Magee683,175June 1998September 2000


Period covered

made (£)



Kieran Mallon658,899March 1999May 2003
Brian McCartney640,261July 1998April 2003
Karen Quinlivan179,147March 1999December 2001
Patricia Smyth7328,719October 1998June 2002
Mary McHugh123,972February 2002October 2002
Michael Topolski8139,940November 2000June 2001

Junior counsel representing NICRA

Paddy O'Hanlon227,728November 2000October 2002

1 In addition, the following senior counsel have represented/are representing some of the families but have yet to submit fee claims: Kevin Finnegan and Reg Weir.

2 Left the case (as a junior) in September 2000 and rejoined the case (as a senior) July 2001.

3 Left the case June 1999.

4 Having started as a junior in March 1998, became a senior counsel in September 2000.

5 In addition, the following junior counsel have represented/are representing some of the families but have yet to submit fee claims: Tom McCreanor and Declan Morgan.

6 Left the case September 2000.

7 Left the case June 2002.

8 Left the case June 2001.